I am LOVING our essential questions for our new ELA unit 👏🏼 We’re learning all about the American Revolution 🇺🇸 History was never my favorite subject when I was in school, but I am absolutely loving teaching this unit. It’s so interesting how many things we can connect & relate these questions to, and we have had some amazing discussions. So many of my students noticed how much these questions relate to a lot of things that are going on in our society today — especially with how many protests these kids have seen on the news in the past few years. Challenging authority is not always wrong. Sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe in, and what you believe is right. Think about where we would be today if no one ever challenged authority 🤔 Our country was literally built by the colonists challenging British rule & declaring their independence. It’s not always pretty, but we can’t say it’s not worth it.
I started this unit by trying to get my students to truly understand that 2nd question. We talked about how I am an authority figure to them. They agreed that when we’re in school, I’m in charge of what they do, & I make the rules for our classroom, & they’re expected to follow them. I gave them this scenario: Let’s say I asked you to do something that might put you in a dangerous situation... Would you do it? Would you say “no” to me? Would you walk away? Let’s say I kept trying to put you in this situation... Would you fight back? Would you tell me I’m wrong? Would you get other people to help you? We had an INCREDIBLE discussion surrounding this scenario. Of course, my students know I love & care about them & would NEVER put them in a dangerous situation, & that this was just a hypothetical, so I felt comfortable having this conversation with them. It made it so much easier for them to understand. They all agreed that they would definitely challenge me, & I said, “good, I would hope so.” 👊🏼🖐🏼🎤 boom. Drops mic.
I tied into the conversation that the most important thing is knowing when it’s NECESSARY to challenge authority. When any human’s civil rights or safety are at stake... that seems necessary to me. #makesyouthink #madeinfifthgrade